May 30, 2022
By Andy Johnson
He was the president and director of the Louvre in Paris from 2013 to 2021.
Jean-Luc Martinez has been charged in connection with an investigation into Egyptian artifacts that were trafficked over the past decade.
Under the French legal system, the charges indicate that investigators suspect him of involvement in a crime but he may not necessarily stand trial. The charges could be dropped at any point if the police uncover new evidence. Complex legal investigations often take several years to unfold in France.
Lawyers for the 58-year old say Martinez is saving his statements for the judiciary, and he has no doubt that his good faith will be established,”
The charges represent a stunning turn of events for Martinez, who is France’s official ambassador for international cooperation on heritage issues. He also spearheaded efforts to safeguard artifacts at risk of looting and destruction in conflict zones during his time at the Louvre.